The Vancouver Canucks fan base is split on whether to welcome back our big Russian with open arms or to shun him for supposedly throwing a tantrum and going home.
Regardless of your outlook on how the entire situation went down there are a few key points that need to happen for a return to be successful.
Nikita Tryamkin must be willing to earn his spot
One rumour for why Nikita Tryamkin left the team was that previous head coach Willie Desjardins didn’t utilize him or give him enough of a chance to shine, it looks like a possibility for Tryamkin to jump into Luke Schenn’s roster spot if he was to make a return either this year or next (provided that Schenn doesn’t get a multi-year extension). The question here is; would 14-15 minutes be enough for him to start when he was getting 16-17 minutes in his last season with the team?
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Leadership makes Tryamkin feel welcome
Another rumour is that Tryamkin felt homesick here and that he didn’t really have anyone else in Vancouver. No disrespect to the Sedins whatsoever but I don’t see them as a pair that will hangout on weekends with a young soft-spoken Russian who’s trying to make friends. This new guard in Vancouver has been seen doing some pretty fun stuff and hanging out like bros. A hidden key here is that Nikolay Goldobin has to still be apart of this team as it is assumed that they are close, a happy Goldobin will be key for a Tryamkin return.
Give Tryamkin a longer leash than usual
Travis Green has been known to play both sides of the coin with his players in terms of letting them play their game, we’ve seen players get beat on easy plays and their butts planted on the bench, but we’ve also seen Green give players the chance to bounce back after plays like that. With a player who has shown the need to be guided with a long leash and allowed to bounce back, so Green please don’t be rushing to bench him in the third.
Nikita Tryamkin would immediately make our team harder to play against, just by his size alone he is a force and will intimidate people without the need to fight, plus his booming shot has the potential to give us a shot on the back end we just don’t have in our skillset. Do you have any other keys to a potential Tyramkin return? Drop a comment and let’s discuss!